Wednesday, March 29, 2017
8:30 - 11:30
I-9/E-Verify Summit

The I-9/E-Verify Summit will help you deal with the skyrocketing increase in I-9 enforcement, confusion over the new version of the I-9 Form and the constant flux of E-Verify regulations. Speaker: immigration attorney John Fay, the executive vice president and general counsel of Law Logix.

8:30 - 11:30 am
Healthcare Reform Town Hall

The ACA Town Hall 2017 President Trump wants to repeal and replace the law. If that happens in 2017, the untangling of the current ACA and implementation of its replacement will require your HR expertise. Learn how to prepare your organization and its employees. Speakers: Benefit attorneys Mark Boxer and Anne Pachciarek, partners at DLA Piper.

12:00 - 5:00 pm
Conference Registration
1:00 - 1:40 pm
Practical /Discovery Data Management Issues Facing In-House HR

Learn how to better understand your company’s internal data assets (what is being tracked and what needs to be tracked) and help make the interface between in-house HR professionals and external data experts (and other vendors) more efficient and productive. Speakers: Andrew Cook and Joseph Krock of The Claro Group, a financial/management consulting firm that delivers solutions in litigation matters and insurance claims.

1:45 - 2:30 pm
Employee Agreements: Arbitration, Noncompetes, Job-Offer Letters and More

In this interactive discussion, learn about the most common types of employee agreements, their positives and negatives and how they should be drafted. You’ll discover the key words to never include in a job-offer letter, how to use electronic signatures, how to craft legal severance agreements and much more. Speaker: Attorney John Doran, Sherman & Howard law firm, Phoenix

3:00 - 5:00 pm
Pre-Conference Workshops

Choose between these interesting sessions presented by accomplished, nationally recognized speakers:


The new Congress and the Affordable Care Act are creating even more recordkeeping requirements for HR – with stiff penalties for noncompliance. Discover how to develop an effective records management strategy for your print and electronic HR records, including document management, retention and deletion.


Virtually every employee handbook contains mistakes – errors that a savvy plaintiff’s attorney can use against you. Find out how to avoid the most common mistakes, so you can bullet-proof your handbook. Our expert trainer will also cover the latest regulatory changes, as well as the challenge of digital handbooks.


A bungled workplace investigation can cost you severely – ask the company whose HR team messed up to the tune of a $15 million legal judgment. Find out how to plan your investigation … choose your investigator … and document every step. We’ll discuss best practices to follow, and pitfalls to avoid.

Thursday, March 30, 2017
7:45 - 9:00 am
Registration, Continental Breakfast, And “You be the Judge” Contest – Prizes Awarded!
9:00 - 9:10 am
Program Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:10 - 10:00 am
Employment Law 2017 – The Latest Legal, Legislative, Regulatory and Enforcement News

How will the big changes coming to the Supreme Court affect HR and key employment law rulings? What trends in state courts and legislatures should you be paying attention to this year? The election of Donald Trump also means America has elected a new workplace agenda. Discover what it means to HR, as our experts summarize key developments – in English, not legalese – with an eye toward how they affect your workplace and your work.

10:00 - 10:45 am
New President + New Congress = New Challenges For HR Professionals

President Trump’s election is undeniably historic and will bring important changes for your workplace policies and practices. We’ll the discuss the impact that President Trump with a Republican Congress will have on the legislative, regulatory and judicial landscape – and how it will impact you.

10:45 - 11:00 am
11:00 - 11:45 am
“Wage-ing” War: Overtime and Other Raging Wage & Hour Issues

In 2017, HR pros must deal with a wide variety of wage-hour challenges. This session will provide real-world case studies and focus on topics ranging from overtime law (will Trump undo the DOL’s changes?) to pay equity and potential new workplace initiatives coming from the Republican Congress.

11:45 - 12:15 pm
NLRB 2.0: Not For Union Shops Only

In the past few years, the NLRB — once a concern for unionized workplaces – has expanded its reach into EVERY organization, impacting areas from social media and posting requirements to handbooks and beyond. How will the Trump administration impact the NLRB and, as a result, what changes will be required to your policies and procedures.

12:15 - 1:45 pm
Lunch & Special Presentation: Paul Falcone, Author & HR Guru

Paul Falcone, a former corporate HR exec at Paramount Pictures and Time Warner, is annually rated as one of SHRM’s top speakers and bestselling authors. In his dynamic presentation, Tough Talks, Paul will show you how to use “positive confrontation” to tackle sensitive topics, while protecting employees’ dignity …your organization … and yourself.

1:45 - 2:30 pm
Breakout Session #1


    Bringing in an outside legal expert is sometimes necessary – but it can be contentious AND expensive. Discover how to get the most out of working with outside attorneys. Learn tips for successful collaboration and successful outcomes – while keeping legal fees to a minimum!
    Employment law issues for public sector employers are even more daunting than those faced by the private sector. This session covers some of the key issues (such as the impact of free-speech protection) and recent developments in public sector employment law litigation.
    Need help with a thorny HR problem? There’s an app for that. Discover 35 helpful websites, online tools and smartphone apps – many of them free! – to help you save time AND money as you successfully tackle your human resource management and legal challenges.
2:30 - 2:45 pm
Room Change/Break
2:45 - 3:30 pm
Break Out Session #2


President Trump has vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare. What’s the future for the law? How should your organization prepare for the big changes? And what should you do in the meantime to comply with the current ACA reporting and filing requirements … taxes and penalties … rule  changes … and more.


The growth of social media and personal tech devices has opened a can of worms (beyond Apple) for HR. This session helps you establish and enforce realistic (and legal) policies on employees’ use of email, social media, smartphones and other devices.


If you do business with Uncle Sam, you’re facing an increasingly dizzying array of problems that extend far beyond the contract itself. We’ll review the latest wrinkles in OFCCP, minimum wage requirements, employee leave, and a host of other issues.

3:30 - 3:40 pm
Room Change/Break
3:40 - 4:30 pm
How To Win Employee Lawsuits Before They’re Filed

When an employee sues you, even if you win, you lose – money, productivity, reputation, and morale. And while winning a lawsuit is great, AVOIDING one is even better. Discover the best practices that smart employers follow to ensure that they aren’t sued … while setting yourself up for victory if you do have to go to court.

4:30 - 5:00 pm
The Most Bizarre Employment Law Cases Of 2016

Lawsuits are serious business – but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few laughs to be had. This traditional LEAP closing session will provide plenty of them! Our review of the year’s weirdest HR legal cases will get you laughing – and thinking – because each case also carries a practical tip for employers.

5:00 - 5:15 pm
Closing & First Prize Drawing
5:15 - 6:15 pm
Hosted Reception

Join the speakers and your colleagues from around the country on Bellagio’s breathtaking Grand Patio for a beverage and networking. This also provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the day’s topics – or your betting strategies in the casino.

Friday, March 31, 2017
7:30 - 8:55 am
Continental Breakfast And Interactive HR Roundtable Discussions

Here’s your chance to find solutions to your toughest employment law problems. Choose from 11 tables—each on a different topic that you can discuss with our legal expert. After 25 minutes you can switch to a second table, and then a third. Topics will include:

  • New Overtime Rules/Wage & Hour
  • Employee Handbooks
  • Harassment/Problem Employees
  • FMLA/Leave
  • Employee Engagement
  • OFCCP/Federal Contracts
  • I-9s/E-Verify/Immigration
  • Investigations
  • ACA/Health Care Reform
  • California Employment Law
  • Nevada Employment Law
8:55 - 9:00 am
Day Two Opening
9:00 - 9:40 am
Friday Keynote – Dr. Dennis Davis: Political Characters and Cutups: How To Fix What The 2016 Presidential Race Did To The Workplace

Many believe the messy 2016 political season contributed to a poisoning of the climate at U.S. workplaces. Is this true, or have American politics and workplaces always been filled with characters, caricatures and cutups? Perennial LEAP favorite Dennis Davis gives his analysis on how you can restore calm and move your workplace forward in the new climate.

9:40 - 10:15 am
I-9, E-Verify And Beyond: Immigration And HR

The past few years have seen skyrocketing I-9 audits, increased enforcement, the new “smart” I-9 and E-Verify rule changes. How will these trends change during the Trump administration? And how will Trump expect employers to serve as his “virtual wall” against undocumented workers taking American jobs? This essential session will help you stay in compliance—and out of trouble.

10:15 - 10:30 am
10:30 - 11:15 am
Employee Leave Workshop

From FMLA to ADA to PDA and beyond, nearly every key HR law contains provisions for employee leave. Go beyond the basics with this critical review of what you must do (and when you can say no) on questions of religious accommodation, pregnancy leave, intermittent FMLA leave, disability leave and accommodation, and more.

11:15 - 12:00 pm
Retaliation: How To Prevent The #1 Employee Complaint

Has America become Retaliation Nation? In 2015, 39,757 retaliation complaints were filed with the EEOC – representing almost half of all claims. Why? Guidelines allow for claims to be filed even if an employee only subjectively feels they’re being retaliated against. Discover why juries love to award big bucks for retaliation claims … and the “code words” that can trigger them.

12:00 - 1:00 pm
Learn From The Lawyers Luncheon

One of the speakers from the LEAP program will be assigned to each table to answer your individual and group questions while you dine. This presents a great opportunity to get answers on your tough employment law problems and discover the successes – and mistakes – of your colleagues from around the country.

1:00 - 1:30 pm
The Ultimate Wrap-Up Session: Takeaways From LEAP 2017

This closing event has quickly become a LEAP favorite. Because you can’t be everywhere at once, speakers from LEAP’s popular breakout sessions and pre- and post-conference workshops will give you the key takeaways from their sessions … all in just 3 minutes each. Prepare to take notes! The Ultimate Wrap-Up Session is specifically designed help you create an Action Plan to turn three days of insightful advice from your LEAP faculty into a comprehensive HR management and legal strategy.

1:30 - 2:00 pm
Special Presentation – The Roundtable Players

Funny lawyers? Really? YES! The Roundtable Players are famous for their humorous approach to concluding the LEAP seminar. Not only will you be entertained with their wit and comedy routine, the session serves as a review of the highlights of the program. Past spoofs have included “HR Family Feud, “The Biggest HR Loser,” “The Employment Law Apprentice” and “American Employment Law Idol” Don’t miss what they come up with this year!

2:00 - 2:10 pm
Grand Prize Drawing & Program Closing
2:10 - 2:15 pm
Room Change/Break
2:15 - 4:00 pm
Post-Conference Workshops

Stay with us after the general sessions for one of the following special programs presented by accomplished, nationally recognized speakers:

  • The Termination Workshop
    You’re Fired!” It looks so easy on reality TV, but the true reality is that terminating one employee (or 50) is fraught with legal peril. Find out what to say … what NEVER to say … and the procedures and documentation you must complete to guarantee fear-free dismissals.
  • Preparing For Depositions
    Depositions can be scary – even for top executives. This dynamic workshop will cover deposition dos and don’ts … questions you should ask your attorney … and more. We’ll combine battle-tested advice with interactive role-playing to help HR professionals prepare themselves (and the C-Suite) to stay composed when you’re deposed.
  • California Employment Law: Litigation, Here We Come
    This session will summarize the latest laws, litigation and liabilities in the state that generally leads the nation in new workplace protections. It will be useful for those who manage employ-ees in the Golden State and others interested in tracking the latest trends (given that develop-ments in California tend to spread east).
  • Nevada Employment Law Roundtable
    Here’s a one-of-a-kind chance to sit down with Nevada employment superlawyer Gary Moss in an informal, no-holds-barred session Q&A session. Gary is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Jackson Lewis, with 38 years’ experience representing key Las Vegas hotels and casinos. Best Lawyers named Gary the Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law in Las Vegas.

Speakers and topics subject to change.